As a digital organisation, Wikimedia – the non-profit foundation that operates and supports the internet giant Wikipedia – is no stranger to remote working. With a global workforce of over 600 employees spanning 54 countries and counting, the business has long had a remote-first approach and encouraged virtual connection across borders.
Robyn Arville, Chief Talent and Culture Officer at Wikimedia, believes this way of working encourages employees to connect outside of their location, helping to drive diversity and difference while cultivating an inclusive culture that unites everyone as one organisation.
And while remote working comes with its own set of unique challenges, cultivating an authentically inclusive culture across different geographies is a separate task entirely. Challenges like US-centrism, time zones, work-life balance and language barriers are all natural hurdles to jump as Wikimedia continues its mission to represent a truly global workplace.
Here’s how Wikimedia is deconstructing their organisational model and 8-hour workday to rebuild it more inclusively with everyone in mind.